Updates for New Students

Preparing for your first year at Bates is a lot of fun, but it takes some planning, too. To help you keep track of all the information you’ll receive from us via email, you can check this page for the latest updates.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Orientation is almost here

By Carrie Murphey on August 28, 2015

Hello to all new Bates students and families!

With Opening Day just around the corner — Monday, Aug. 29th — there are a few final details that I want to share as you prepare to join us on campus to begin your time at Bates.

We look forward to welcoming you to check-in and to start moving into your residence between 7 a.m. and noon on Monday. We know you’re excited to get here — and believe me, we are so excited to have you here! — but I want to emphasize that there’s no need to arrive earlier. There will be ample time to move in and get settled.

When you arrive, new students should plan to be dropped off by their families to check in and receive their residence hall key and campus ID at Commons (136 Central Ave.). Families can proceed to the residence hall with the student’s belongings, and the student will rejoin them there shortly.

Staff and upperclass student volunteers will meet and help out families as they arrive at the residence halls. Parking will be available nearby after unloading, and we’ll provide campus maps that clearly show residence halls and available parking.

Doing check-in this way allows us to make the process as efficient as possible for all new students, so we thank you in advance for collaborating in this effort.

Beyond checking in, moving in, and settling in, there’s a variety of campus events throughout the day that we encourage families to experience.

An “at-a-glance” schedule will be provided along with a parking map at check-in, but for full event listings and details throughout Opening Day and Orientation, please visit the schedule online.

Before you arrive on campus, you may still have business to finish on the Garnet Gateway, so I encourage you to double-check the Gateway in the next couple of days to ensure your checklist is up to date. The Sexual Respect Education is particularly important, as it provides foundational knowledge for a session required of all new students on the first Tuesday of Orientation.

Summer is almost over. And while we may watch with a small sigh as the warmer days fade into crisp autumn, we know that fall also brings our new students to campus, and we cannot wait for you to be here.

So, pack your raincoat (just in case!), pack your copy of This I Believe (you did already read it, right?), and we’ll see you Monday!

All the best,


Preparing for your arrival on campus

By Carrie Murphey on August 11, 2015

Dear New Students and Family Members,

On behalf of the entire Bates community, it is my pleasure to chime into the chorus of welcomes you’ve received and share my enthusiasm for your arrival on campus at the end of August. As anticipation builds, I am contacting you to share some important information you need in advance of your arrival.